Two more liens against Oxford hotel

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OXFORD — The general contractor for the $15 million Hampton Inn on Route 26 has been hit with two more liens, which total close to $200,000.

Eastern Excavation of Westbrook has filed a lien against Calamar Construction Management for $190,508 for labor, services, materials and equipment furnished on or about Dec. 7, 2016, days before the hotel opened for business.

Reynolds & Son of Portland also filed a lien March 2 for $3,819 for services. According to court documents, the claimant ceased to furnish its services on Dec. 15, 2016, only four days before the hotel opened to guests. According to its website, the company offers dumpster rental services.

The two new liens come on the heels of another one last month. On Feb. 22, MR Raitto Construction of Naples placed a mechanic’s lien on GIRI Oxford 1 and Calamar Construction of New York for $62,112 for labor, services and/or materials. Payment was due by Dec. 22, 2016, according to court documents.

Completion of the hotel had been beleaguered by liens from contractors but was delayed, according to Calamar officials, largely by “deficient work” from a local framer.

In October 2016, Calamar Construction sued Stephen Bourassa, owner of Alexander Construction in Minot, for nearly $470,000, citing deficient work and failure to complete the scope of work. Alexander Construction was hired by Calamar and fired in January 2016.

Calamar’s complaint filed in Oxford County Superior Court on Oct. 5, 2016, asked for judgment for breaching the subcontractor’s contract, including not having an adequate workforce, not completing work on time, causing delays to other subcontractors and Alexander’s work. 

Bourassa had filed a lien in August 2016 for $53,897 for labor and materials furnished from September 2015 to Feb. 4, 2016.

In November 2016, Bourassa countersued Calamar, claiming a breach of contract and claiming that allegations in the Calamar suit, such as framing would be complete by Nov. 26, 2015, were untrue.

At least three other liens have been placed on the project by subcontractors throughout construction. Most have been resolved, according to Calamar Construction.

In November 2016, local officials refused to sign off on an occupancy permit citing deficiencies.

A conditional certificate of occupancy was issued Nov. 17 by Code Enforcement Officer Joelle Corey-Whitman with nine items, ranging from addressing holes in the main lobby and cafeteria area to electrical conduit work that had to be addressed.

On Dec. 12, Corey-Whitman issued the certificate of occupancy.

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The owner and/or general contractor of the Hampton Inn on Route 26 in Oxford has been hit with two more liens.

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